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Transforming the primary curriculum by modelling with data within STEM contexts


Fitzallen, NE, Transforming the primary curriculum by modelling with data within STEM contexts, Proceedings of Education Transforms 2017, 12-14 July 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 26. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Incorporating STEM activities into the primary curriculum remains a challenge for teachers who do not have content knowledge and pedagogical expertise in all of the four STEM disciplines. It is, therefore, important research explores potential solutions to the issue. This presentation will showcase STEM learning activities developed for a research project that is investigating the way in which students develop understanding of modelling with data. Now in its third year, the longitudinal study is following students as they progress from Year 3 to Year 6. One aim of the project is to develop learning activities that address STEM outcomes whilst also putting the emphasis on addressing statistics concepts in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. The statistics concepts include identifying variation within and between samples, and using graphical representations to make decisions. Topics covered include: Hand-made versus machine made products (Year 3), Heat transfer and influence of insulation (Year 3), Survey development and question posing (Year 4); Forces and properties of materials (Year 4); and Viscosity (Year 5). A feature of this presentation will be the celebration of studentsí work and achievements. The Modelling with Data project is a collaboration with Prof Lyn English (QUT) and Prof Jane Watson (UTAS).

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:STEM; Data Modelling; Primary Education; Statistics Education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, NE (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
ID Code:124234
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-02-14
Last Modified:2018-02-20

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